Tag Archives: Kaijin

Random Tokusatsu rapid five-in-one

I’ve been really lax on the Today’s Random Tokusatsu movie segments as of late; apologies to anyone particularly looking forward to them. I figured I’d try to make up for that a little with quick thoughts about five of the … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Uzumaki (2000)

Today’s selection: Uzumaki (2000, dir. Higuchinsky) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Discotek Uzumaki (meaning “spiral/vortex”, but not to be confused with Ring sequel Rasen, which also means “spiral”) is based on a manga by Junji Ito, so if you’re familiar with his … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Tomie (1999)

Today’s selection: Tomie (1999, dir. Ataru Oikawa) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Adness Tomie is probably the biggest modern Japanese horror franchise that hasn’t had some sort of American remake treatment (though I’m sure School of Ghosts fans may want to … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Full Metal Yakuza (1997)

Today’s selection: Full Metal Yakuza (1997, dir. Takashi Miike) Subgenre: Kaijin Available from: Arts Magic Full Metal Yakuza is a hybrid film, partly a Frankenstein-ish monster robot hero, partly a gangster movie, and because of that, it’s likely to alienate … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Goke, The Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

Today’s selection: Goke, the Body Snatcher from Hell (1968, dir. Hajime Sato) Subgenre: Kaijin Available from: Criterion To start, let’s just clarify that nobody in this movie is from Hell, and the body-snatching is more of the “Invasion of-” than … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Body of the Prey (1968)

Today’s selection: The Body of the Prey (1968, dir. Kenneth Crane) Subgenre: Kaijin Available from: Public domain Notes: This movie might not technically be considered Japanese, depending on circumstances Reposting from an old review: The Body of the Prey is … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Wolf Guy – Enraged Lycanthrope (1975)

Today’s selection: Wolf Guy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975, dir. Kazuhiko Yamaguchi) Subgenre: Martial Arts, Kaijin Available from: fansub-only Reposting an old review from my previous ‘blog: The official international title for this movie seems to be Howl the Wolf-Man, but since … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Dragon Blue (1996)

Today’s selection: Dragon Blue (1996, dir. Takuya Wada) Subgenre: Kaijin Available from: ADV I already wrote about this movie once for a previous ‘blog, so I’ll just copy-and-paste: There’s a misperception in the North American anime community that the recently-formed … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Tetsuo the Bullet Man (2009)

Today’s selection: Tetsuo the Bullet Man (2009, dir. Shinya Tsukamoto) Subgenre: Body Horror, Kaijin Available from: MPI I already wrote about this movie years ago for a previous ‘blog, so I’ll just copy-and-paste: The Bullet Man is the second reworking … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Alive (2002)

Today’s selection: Alive (2002, dir. Ryuhei Kitamura) Subgenre: Kaijin, Esper Available from: Media Blasters Alive was Kitamura’s follow-up after breaking into the spotlight with Versus in 2002. It follows Versus in that it’s also stylish, with thumping techno score, muted … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Matango (1963)

Today’s selection: Matango (1963, dir. Ishiro Honda) Subgenre: Kaijin Available from: Media Blasters Based on the William Hope Hodgson story “The Voice in the Night”, Matango (AKA Attack of the Mushroom People) is the third of Honda’s loosely-thematically-connected “mutant trilogy”, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Henge (dir. Hajime Ohata, 2011)

“Henge” translates to “metamorphosis”, but the movie bearing that name feels more akin to Cronenberg’s The Fly filtered through Tetsuo the Iron Man than to anything Kafka ever wrote. The story is that of Keiko and her husband Yoshiaki’s marital … Continue reading

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